There’s all manner of styles on show here and all manner of abstract notions. The mix of puppetry and live action in these early years obviously laid the foundations for what was to come with Sesame Street.
These early television commercials also saw the development of some of the Muppets’ and Sesame Street’s best-loved and most important characters in Kermit the Frog, the Cookie Monster, Rowlf and others.
In amongst these lovely rarities are snippets of Henson and collaborators discussing their creative processes that walk a strange line between science and chaos.
This program is comprehensive in its detail and adds a whole other dimension to what we may think about Henson, his creativity and his work as a bona-fide artist.
Photography courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy, The Jim Henson Company, Disney, and Sesame Workshop.
This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova. Film and program notes courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy. ™ & © 2015 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON's mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved.
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Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments
26 Sep - 10 Oct
If you only know Jim Henson through the Muppets, you won’t want to miss this fan-favourite program of terrific shorts, commercials and other rarely seen gems from deep within the Henson vault.
It’s a dazzling collection of creativity including excerpts from experimental TV programs (The Cube and Youth ’68), Time Piece, the 8-minute Oscar-nominated experimental masterpiece directed by (and starring) Henson himself.